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Annihilation: Conquest-Quasar #1

July 16, 2007

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Destiny
Rating: T+

Phyla carries two legacies – against the menace of the Super-Adaptoid!

Writer: Christos N. Gage
Pencils: Mike Lilly
Inks: Bob Almond
Colors: Stephane Peru
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Art: Matt Wilson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Phyla-Vell, daughter of Mar-Vell and new wearer of the Quantum Bands, carries with her the legacies of two fallen heroes. During the Phalanx invasion, a strange voice compelled her to seek out the “savior of the Kree.” That quest begins this issue, and she has already run into her first obstacle – the Super-Adaptoid.

The Annihilation crossover evidently isn’t only breathing new life into old heroes, it’s reinvigorating old villains too. I never thought I’d see the Super-Adaptoid again, but here he is, big as life and twice as threatening. Gage demonstrates good knowledge of Marvel history here, using the Adaptoid in an intelligent way and bringing back Moondragon’s history with Wendell Vaughan to reflect on her new relationship with Phyla. The big fight scene here is really very good, and the whole thing has a definite sense that it’s building towards something significant.

Mike Lilly and Bob Almond have a good style for this book. They go from spacescapes to a heavily forested planet to a scene that looks like it was ripped straight from hell. Plenty of different environments, but they handle them all really well.

Like most of Annihilation thus far, this book was quite impressive. Gage is quickly becoming one of those writers I’ll trust on just about any project – he’s really demonstrating that he can do it all.

Rating: 8/10

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